It’s really not that difficult to clean your bathroom. While each task may come with its own set of challenges (especially if not cleaned in a while), they are still fairly easy to complete. The REAL challenge is making your bathroom shine again!
More often than not, average bathroom cleaning results are merely good enough but not overly satisfactory. In other words, everything looks clean but nothing sparkles the way it does when a professional house cleaner does the job. Well, today, you’re going to learn the secrets to making your bathroom shine again with four of our favourite bathroom cleaning tips! Read on.
Simple Trick to Make Bathroom Tiles Shine
Overtime, bathroom tiles become dull due to dirt and grime buildup; but did you know that excess product and hard water are also major contributors to that dull film covering your bathroom tiles? For these reasons, our first tip is to limit the amount of tile cleaner used and instead, make a mild solution to scrub your bathroom tiles. Secondly, dry the tiles immediately after washing them by taking a squeegee to the floor, followed by wiping the tiles with a dry, absorbent cloth.
Now, the secret to making your bathroom tiles shine again is furniture polish! Using a minimal amount of the product, spray the tiles directly, and buff them with a soft microfibre cloth. Avoid using excess furniture polish on bathroom tiles as they will become slippery when wet; just a half spray from about one foot away from the surface is advised.
How to Buff Bathroom Fittings/Fixtures
If your bathroom fittings and fixtures are covered in hard water stains caused by mineral deposits, you probably already know how stubborn they can be to remove. Multi-purpose cleaning sprays and other products aren’t always effective, and even when they are, the dullness seems to remain.
Before we tell you how to make your faucets and other bathroom fittings sparkle, here’s a useful method to effectively clean stainless steel and chrome fixtures in your bathroom:
Pour white distilled vinegar and distilled water (1:1 ratio) into a spray bottle.
Spray fittings/fixtures and wipe them down with a microfibre cloth.
Buff with a dry cloth.
While the cleaning method above will result in shinier fittings already, you can go one step further to make them sparkle as if they were brand new! To do this, dab some lemon oil onto a soft cloth and buff your bathroom fixtures and fittings.
Natural Solution to Remove Toilet Bowl Stains & Dullness
Cleaning the toilet is one of the least favourite chores among homeowners. While we can understand why, having to spend extra time and elbow grease to scrub the interiors of the bowl make it that much more unpleasant than it needs to be!
Luckily, we’ve got a brilliant tip to naturally clean your toilet bowl and best of all, it requires minimal effort! Here’s what you need to do:
Pull the flush and add ¼ cup of baking soda to the toilet bowl water.
Follow this up by pouring in a cup of white distilled vinegar all around the bowl interior. The ingredients will then start to foam; allow the reaction to settle down.
Finish off by scrubbing with a toilet brush and rinsing the interior with 1-2 flushes.
The chemical reaction between baking soda and vinegar, along with their respective cleansing properties, eats away at stubborn grime while leaving a visible sheen on the surface.
No Grime and More Shine for Your Bathtub
Yet another bathroom surface that falls prey to mineral deposits, hardened grime, and dullness. Cleaning your bathtub thoroughly is quite a task but one that is necessary for hygienic reasons, as well as aesthetic purposes. With that said, cleaning your bathtub doesn’t always result in sparkling results, even if you dry the surface immediately after which is recommended by cleaning experts. For a truly sparkling finish, you need to go one step further to buff the surface after deep cleaning the tub.
While lemon oil is a good option to buff your bathtub exterior, it can make the surface quite slippery or slimy when water is re-introduced. As a safe alternative, spritz the tub (one section at a time) with undiluted white vinegar, and buff the surface with a clean microfibre cloth using quick, circular motions.
With these simple and effective bathroom cleaning tips, you’ll never have to worry about dullness taking over anymore! Be sure to use them at least once a week for a clean and gleaming bathroom interior!
With the right maintenance and cleaning measures, the appearance and condition of your hardwood flooring will last for years to come! Of course, apart from the use of safe methods and appropriate cleaning products, consistency is key! Unless your hardwood floor is cleaned regularly and in the right manner, you’re going to end up disappointed with the outcome.
At CleaningBest, we are dedicated to maintaining crucial aspects of a home including one’s precious wooden floor. With that said, we are here to help you understand the best, simplest, and safest way to clean and maintain your hardwood flooring. Read on!
How to Clean Polyurethane Hardwood Floors
It’s rare to find wooden floors that do not have a polyurethane finish because unfinished hardwood is prone to all sorts of damage. Hence, homeowners prefer to play it safe and have their wood flooring sealed and finished. The following cleaning method and cleaning solution used are intended for polyurethane finished hardwood floors.
Step One: Remove Dust and Debris from the Surface
Believe it or not, dullness on hardwood floors is often caused by dust and debris that are allowed to sit on the surface for too long. Typically, daily dusting of your wood flooring is advised to keep it looking clean, as well as to remove debris that may scratch the finish due to heavy foot traffic.
Depending on your personal preference, you can either vacuum your hardwood floor with a soft brush attachment, or sweep it with a broom. For the latter, we recommend an electrostatic broom which is more effective in picking up dust and fine debris as compared to regular straw and twine brooms.
In general, sweeping is more convenient because you can remove dirt and dust from tight spaces without worrying about switching to another attachment head. On the other hand, vacuuming is quicker because you are picking up dirt instantly as opposed to gathering it and then having to pick it up. Regardless of how you choose to remove dust from your hardwood floor, it is important to do this thoroughly daily or every alternate day.
Step Two: Use a Wood-Safe Cleaner
Although there are plenty of commercial wood cleaners to use on hardwood flooring, they can be quite expensive in the long run. As a cheaper alternative and yet, one that will help keep your wooden floor clean and stain-free, consider making the following natural hardwood floor cleaner:
Fill up a bucket with warm water.
Mix in ¼ cup of baking soda.
Add 5-10 drops of scented oil for a pleasant fragrance.
Stir the cleaning solution well to combine the ingredients.
Dip a cotton string mop or a microfibre cloth in the bucket, wring it thoroughly, and mop/wipe the floor clean. Bear in mind that the cleaning tool should be merely damp and not wet as prolonged exposure to moisture can be damaging to both finished and unfinished wooden floors.
Step Three: Dry and Buff the Floor
The annoying part about ‘washing’ hardwood floors is that they often leave water spots/marks on the floor. Of course, this can be prevented by manually drying the floor as opposed to letting it air-dry. This can be done with a dry, lint-free mop or cloth immediately after you have cleaned your hardwood floor with a floor cleaning solution.
To finish off, the professionals at Cleaning Best recommend buffing your wooden floor to restore its lustre and new-looking appearance. You can either do this with a machine or the more feasible way which requires a muslin cloth or microfibre mop, and some diluted white vinegar.
In a bucket, mix 1 part white vinegar to 10 parts water; stir to combine the ingredients properly. Dip and wring the mop/cloth so that it is just damp with the homemade buffing solution; use circular motions to buff the hardwood floor one section at a time.
By the end of CleaningBest’s safe and effective three-step guide to cleaning hardwood floors, you will be left with gleaming results, and a big, satisfied smile on your face!
Over time, those white grout lines trap dirt and bacteria which begin to show very clearly! Not only is it unpleasant to look at discoloured tile grout but it creates an unsanitary space due to the accumulation of germs.
Nevertheless, dirty grout lines in your bathroom, kitchen, and rest of the house can be cleaned up and restored to their original colour in many different ways. Today, Cleaning Best is sharing five of the most effective ways to clean tile grout depending on the level of dirt and grime that has built up on them. Read on to find out what they are!
How to Clean Tile Grout With Vinegar
In a spray bottle, mix equal parts of warm water and white distilled vinegar. Close and shake the bottle well to combine the ingredients properly. Using the ‘stream’ setting on the bottle, spray the solution directly on the grout lines and allow it to soak for a few minutes. Follow this up with a quick scrub using a semi-hard toothbrush or grout brush (if you have one). You may need to spray the grout again if it has gone completely dry; alternatively, you can wet the cleaning brush with the water-vinegar solution. After scrubbing down the grout lines, rinse off the cleaner with plain water.
How to Clean Tile Grout With Oxygen Bleach
Before you attempt to clean anything with oxygen bleach, open up your doors and windows to increase ventilation in the room, and wear a pair of rubber gloves and protective eyewear as a precautionary measure.
Typically sold in powder form, you will need to mix the oxygen bleach with water to create a paste. This can then be applied to the dirty or stained grout lines using your fingers (while gloved), or with a toothbrush. Let it stand for at least 15 minutes before rinsing the area thoroughly. If stubborn stains persist, repeat the process one or two more times for best results.
How to Clean Tile Grout With Baking Soda
For an all-natural solution to clean tile grout, make a paste of baking soda and white vinegar in a bowl. The ingredients will begin to bubble and foam once combined so be sure to let them settle before proceeding with the application. Use your fingers to apply the paste to the grout – cover the lines properly without leaving gaps – and let it stand for 10 minutes. Next, dampen a medium or semi-hard toothbrush, and scrub the grout lines clean. Finish off by rinsing the tiles and grout.
How to Clean Tile Grout With Hydrogen Peroxide
There are two ways to use hydrogen peroxide to clean and whiten your tile grout:
1) Undiluted (for mild dirt)
2) Mixed with baking soda (for stubborn stains)
Both methods are fairly simple, and very effective in removing dirt and restoring the grout’s original colour. To clean your grout with plain hydrogen peroxide, simply pour the liquid into a spray bottle, and spray down the lines. After a few minutes, scrub the grout with a cleaning brush, and rinse clean.
When dealing with stained and discoloured grout lines, you can double up the cleansing power by combining baking soda and hydrogen peroxide to form a paste. Once again, apply the paste to your tile grout, give it a few minutes to dry on the surface, and scrub it thereafter. Finally, rinse the area thoroughly to reveal clean and bright grout lines!
Basic Tile Grout Cleaning
Once you have cleaned the tile grout using one of the methods above, it is advisable to maintain it with a basic clean every week or so. All you need is warm water and a tile grout brush to scrub away mild dirt and grime that have built up over the course of the week. This is something you can do before you take a shower; it will only take 5 or 10 minutes to complete. Simply wet
the floor with warm water, scrub the grout lines with an appropriate brush, and rinse them off.
Although it is not difficult to learn how to clean tile grout, a lot of homeowners overlook this crucial part of their tiled floors and walls, leaving these narrow spaces to accumulate dirt and germs. Well, you don’t have to let that happen anymore thanks to these effective tile grout cleaning methods from the experts at CleaningBest!
The kitchen is said to be the heart of every home; everyone loves to gather here and catch up over a snack or beverage. Unfortunately, your kitchen is prone to grease and grime buildup which makes it a rather unpleasant place to be in if not cleaned up.
While daily cleaning of your kitchen is important to keep the space sanitary, you may end up neglecting some stubborn grime that doesn’t seem to come off in a hurry. On top of this, there are some components/surfaces that are rarely cleaned and therefore, accumulate stubborn grease and grime over time. Today, we’re going to guide you through tackling the most stubborn kitchen grime with simple, tried and tested cleaning methods. Read on!
Stainless Steel Sink
To make your kitchen sink gleam again, all you need is white vinegar, water, and some salt. Start by wetting the interior of the sink with warm or hot water (heat helps to loosen stubborn grease and grime). Next, combine equal parts of water and white vinegar (warm up the mixture), dip a soft scrubber or cloth in the solution, and sprinkle some salt over the cleaning tool. The salt will provide enough abrasion to scrub away tough grime without scratching your stainless steel kitchen sink. After scrubbing and rinsing the sink, dry it with a clean cloth to prevent hard water stains.
Grease and discolouration are inevitable when it comes to the caulking of your kitchen backsplash while the tiles can also get really dirty and stained. In order to restore the caulk and tiles back to their original clean and beautiful appearance, combine 1 part hydrogen peroxide with 2 parts baking soda. Use this pasty solution to cover the caulk lines and leave it for a few minutes. Next, dip a damp sponge in the paste and scrub your kitchen backsplash thoroughly. Follow this up by wiping over the surface with a clean, damp cloth to remove the cleaning agents. With this method, your backsplash tiles and caulk lines will be as good as new!
Unlike the rest of the microwave, you can’t scrub the touchpad because it is prone to damage (especially when excess pressure is applied). So, to get rid of the grease and grime buildup, you need to implement safe cleaning techniques and solutions. Start by heating up some undiluted white vinegar (it needn’t be too hot). Dip a sponge in it and carefully squeeze out the excess liquid without burning your hands. Hold the sponge over the touchpad for 5-10 seconds (one section at a time). This will help loosen the grease and grime present of the surface.
Next, mix 1-2 tablespoons of bleach in 3-4 cups of water; stir well to combine the two. Dip a cotton face pad in the mix and gently wipe the touchpad from top to bottom. For stubborn spots, use a cotton swab dipped in the solution to gently scrub them away.
When it comes to removing burnt grime from stove grates, soaking is key! Make a hot soapy solution and allow your dirty stove grates to soak for about an hour. During this time, grime will loosen up and peel off. Next, take an old toothbrush and spot clean existing stains/grime. Finish off by scrubbing the stove grates with dish soap and a scrubber; rinse and dry thereafter.
Most types of stoves are equipped with removable knobs; these can very easily be cleaned in a dishwasher, however, if you prefer to do it by hand, take them off and soak them in hot soapy water for about 30 minutes. If the knobs are ridged or have intricate grooves, use a toothbrush to scrub them clean. Don’t forget to clean the back of the knobs which also accumulate grime. If needed, gives the knobs one final scrubbing with dish soap and a sponge/scrubber. Rinse them off and dry each knob completely before you fit them back onto your stove.
Although it can be a messy job, removing stubborn kitchen grime on a regular basis is necessary for maintaining the overall cleanliness of the space and keeping it sanitary, too. Fortunately, you don’t have to struggle with that task anymore thanks to the quick and effective cleaning methods above!
First of all, it’s important that we address why you should clean your mattress to begin with. Along with the hygienic reasoning behind it, the condition of your mattress can interfere with your sleep cycle and health. A few examples include bed bugs which cause itching and skin irritation; dust mites which can lead to coughing, sneezing, and wheezing; and mildew which has many negative effects on the respiratory system.
Now that we’ve established why it’s important to clean your mattress, it’s time to tell you how to do it! For a truly thorough and relatively simple clean, take a look at Cleaning Best’s DIY guide on how to clean your mattress.
Step 1: Vacuum
Not only is this the first step, it’s also the most important one. Vacuuming alone can remove 90% of dust, dirt, mites, and bugs; therefore, a thorough vacuuming of your mattress is a must. This means vacuuming the top and bottom of the mattress, as well as the sides. Let’s not forget the seams and corners where those pesky bed bugs tend to hide.
The key to vacuuming your mattress efficiently is to do it in columns or straight lines from top to bottom. Overlap each column as you go, and take your time to vacuum over each section multiple times.
Step 2: Apply Baking Soda
Before you start scrubbing or cleaning the mattress further, use baking soda to absorb moisture and foul or mouldy odours from the material. Do this by sprinkling a generous amount of baking soda over the top of the mattress, and spread it around evenly with your hands. It helps to work the powder into the material to increase absorption of odours and moisture.
Allow the baking soda to work on the mattress for a few hours. Some prefer to leave it overnight, however, even a minimum of 3 hours should do the trick unless you’re dealing with a very musty or foul-smelling mattress; in this case, overnight is advised.
Step 3: Vacuum Up the Baking Soda
This time around, you needn’t spend too much time on vacuuming your mattress. Unlike the first vacuum, removing baking soda is quicker and easier. Nevertheless, it is advisable to be thorough by following the same column-by-column vacuuming process to ensure that you don’t miss any spots. Moreover, the powder that has been worked into the mattress must also be removed.
Step 4: Apply a Homemade Cleaning Solution
Cleaning your mattress with harsh detergents and cleaners can cause skin irritation if not removed entirely. More importantly, they are not necessary when a simple homemade mattress cleaner is just as effective! To make a DIY cleaning solution, combine the following ingredients in a spray bottle:
4 cups water
½ cup white vinegar
1 tablespoon lemon juice
Few drops of citrus essential oil (optional)
For the application process, shake the bottle well and spray a fine mist over the mattress (from a distance so that you don’t saturate the material). Spray one section at a time, and use a clean microfibre cloth to rub the dampened area. This should lift dirt as opposed to push it into the mattress. Continue the process using fresh/clean microfibre cloths as and when needed until you have scrubbed the entire mattress – top, bottom, and sides.
Step 5: Remove the Cleaning Solution
The best part about using a natural homemade cleaning solution on your mattress is that even if there are traces of the ingredients left, there’s no problem! Of course, you still need to ‘rinse’ off the cleaner as thoroughly as possible to prevent a slippery residue and/or a strong fragrance from the solution.
For this, dampen a clean towel (make sure it is merely damp and not dripping wet), and wipe the entire mattress to remove the cleaner. Rinse off the towel at intervals to ensure that you are not transferring the cleaning solution back onto the mattress.
Step 6: Dry the Mattress
It’s important to allow your mattress to dry up completely before using it again as this will trap moisture within the material. To ensure that the mattress dries through and through, place it on a large bed sheet or plastic outside under direct sunlight (or indirect sunlight for coloured fabric). Flip the mattress after a few hours to ensure that both sides dry up. If one day isn’t enough to dry the mattress, bring it in at sunset and place it outside the next morning.
Don’t wait till your mattress is causing you sleepless nights and interfering with your health; use this tried and tested mattress cleaning guide from CleaningBest to keep yours sanitary and in tiptop condition!
A lot can contribute to clutter in your home; odds and ends, things left out of place, excess stuff, lack of storage, and so much more. So, how do you tackle clutter in the house when there are so many things causing it? Well, these 7 proven tips to keep clutter away are your best bet!
#1 Practice Minimalism
More often than not, we hold on to possessions we no longer need, or buy more stuff when we have enough; these are two of the biggest reasons why homes end up cluttered. The more you have, the more difficult it becomes to maintain a clean and tidy house. By practising minimalism, you will be able to organise better, free up storage space, and enjoy the mental benefits of a neat, clutter-free home!
#2 Have a Place for Everything
No matter how big or small it is, ‘it’ needs a designated place to be stored! Without one, things get moved around and left in places they shouldn’t be which, in turn, causes more clutter in your home. If needed, take the time to purge and reorganise drawers and cabinets so that you can make space for things that don’t have a place to go.
#3 Install Clever Storage
Look around the house and make use of ‘dead’ space by installing storage aids. Whether it’s a spice rack on a bare wall in the kitchen, wall hooks behind your bedroom door, or a wall-mounted corner shelf in the bathroom; there are plenty of ways to add more storage to your home. This, of course, helps keep clutter at bay since you will be able to keep things organised with the additional space.
#4 Declutter One Room at a Time
Even if it takes a few days to collectively have enough time to declutter one room, do it. This is better than doing half the job in one room, and then moving on to another room the next day. When it comes to decluttering your house, it pays to be thorough because that’s when it is easiest to maintain a clutter-free space. If you’re unsure of where to start decluttering a room, divide the space into zones, and tackle one at a time. For example, in a bedroom, declutter your closet, dresser, and table tops separately (or on separate days).
#5 Put Things Back in Place Immediately
Sometimes the only thing that’s causing clutter in the house is random items left lying around. Everything from chargers for your devices to online packages that haven’t been opened or put away yet; too many things occupy table tops and shelves a lot longer than they should. Instead, one should practice putting things away as soon as they are done using them. The biggest mistake most homeowners make is leaving such tasks for later because they tend to pile up, and then require a chunk of time to get everything done at once. This can be solved by simply acting immediately.
#6 When You Buy Something New, Give Something Away
With the convenience of online shopping and innovative marketing that entice customers to purchase things they don’t really need, a lot of homeowners find themselves buying at least a few new things every month. While some of them may be useful, it’s still advisable to develop a system wherein you give away old stuff when replaced with newly-purchased items. This is especially recommended when you buy new clothing; a lot of old clothes sit in your closet which could be of great use to someone else.
#7 Declutter Daily
Decluttering your house is not a one-time task; it’s an ongoing process that can very easily be achieved by adopting simple habits to keep clutter away. One such habit (and one of the most important ones) is decluttering on a daily basis. This is your best bet in maintaining a neat home because you are stopping clutter in its tracks! Best of all, it only takes a few seconds to put things back in place or into a donation box and yet, makes a world of difference to the overall tidiness of your home.
Take it from the experts at CleaningBest who are trained and experienced in professional house cleaning, and keeping homes immaculate; the tips above are your ticket to a clutter-free home from here on out!
For the longest time, we’ve relied on chemical cleaning products that are not only damaging to the environment but burning a hole through our pockets, too! If you can relate to this, you’ll be happy to know that the eco-friendly alternatives just might lie in your own home!
Natural homemade cleaners are incredibly easy to concoct and very effective in household cleaning if you get the ratios right, of course. Well, that’s what CleaningBest is here to help you with! Read on to find out how to make effective eco-safe home cleaners to clean up just about any surface or area of your home.
When a surface needs something more than a damp cloth to get rid of dirt and grime, a multi-purpose cleaner is your best bet!
How to make and use natural all-purpose cleaner:
Combine 2 cups of water, 2 cups of white vinegar, and the juice of 1 lemon.
Pour it into a spray bottle with multiple settings including a mist and stream setting.
Shake the bottle well before every use.
Spray the all-purpose cleaner directly on the surface and wipe with a clean, dry cloth.
Store the remaining cleaner left in the bottle in a cool and dark place such as a cabinet.
If you thought only chemical-based glass cleaning products were effective, this eco-friendly homemade glass cleaner will prove you wrong!
How to make and use a non-toxic glass cleaner:
Combine 2 cups of water, ¼ cup of isopropyl alcohol (70%), and ½ cup of white vinegar.
For a pleasant fragrance, consider adding ¼ teaspoon of essential oil, and stir the mixture well.
Pour the solution into a spray bottle and shake well.
Before you use your homemade glass cleaner, make sure to wipe the surface to remove dust and loose debris for better results.
Stubborn grease can be really messy to clean up, especially if you aren’t using a degreaser. Fortunately, there are some eco-friendly ingredients that can cut through grease to speed up and simplify the cleaning process.
How to make and use a natural degreaser:
Combine 2 cups of warm-hot water, 2 tablespoons of lime juice, and 1 tablespoon of baking soda.
Stir the mixture and pour it into a spray bottle.
Soak the greasy area with the cleaning solution and leave it for 2 minutes.
Take a clean, damp microfibre cloth and wipe up the grease.
If needed, spray the grease stains again (to soak them) and wipe immediately.
Toilet Bowl Cleaner
This organic cleaning solution will not only remove stains and grime, it will also deodorise your toilet bowl!
How to make and use a natural toilet bowl cleaner:
Combine 1 cup distilled water, 1 cup white vinegar, ½ cup castile soap, ½ cup baking soda, and 1-2 tablespoons of essential oil. Stir well.
Pour the cleaner all around the interior of the toilet bowl, and leave it to sit for 10-15 minutes.
Spray over the bowl interior with hydrogen peroxide and scrub with a toilet brush.
Rinse and flush the toilet once the stains and grime have been scrubbed away.
When it comes to cleaning your floor, you need something that will remove stains, smell good, and make the floor shine again; that’s exactly what we have for you!
How to make and use a non-toxic floor cleaner:
Combine 2 cups of warm water, ¼ cup of isopropyl alcohol (70%), ½ white vinegar, ¼ cup castile soap, and 1-2 tablespoons of essential oil for fragrance.
Pour the solution into a squirt bottle.
Shake well before every use.
Squeeze some of the cleaning solution onto the floor (one section at a time), and clean with a damp mop.
Drain Cleaner (for clogged drain)
Got a clogged and smelly drain? Say no more because this natural drain cleaner will blow you away!
What you’ll need to clean your drain naturally:
1 litre of boiling hot water
1-2 cups of white vinegar
½ cup of baking soda
To unclog and deodorise your drain, sprinkle the baking soda over the drain first, and then pour the vinegar down the drain. Allow the ingredients to react for a few minutes before pouring the hot water down the drain. Just like that, your drain will be unclogged and smelling great again!
Don’t let those harsh chemical cleaners lined up on shelves at the department store take over your house too! Do yourself and the environment a favour by switching to these effective, non-toxic homemade cleaners!
Keeping your carpets clean and stain-free is impossible. That’s because occasional spills are inevitable while foot traffic can’t be stopped altogether. This is especially true in households with more members or kids and pets running all over the place!
Fortunately, it is fairly simple to remove stains from your carpet if you know the right methods to follow. For that, you’ve certainly come to the right place! Today, we are sharing tried and tested, easy-to-follow methods to remove different types of carpet stains. Read on!
How to Remove Natural Carpet Stains
(Dust, mud, dirt, etc)
These natural stains are typically mild in nature, and occur regularly. Unless they are severe or have had time to set, most of the dried stain can be vacuumed up while the rest, removed with mild soap and water.
Here is a quick step-by-step guide to remove natural stains from carpet:
Blot the stain with paper towels (if it is wet or damp). Allow the dirt/mud to dry up completely, and then vacuum the spot.
Make a carpet stain remover consisting of liquid dish soap (1 teaspoon) and cool water (2 cups).
Take a clean, white cloth, dip a part of it into the solution, and squeeze out excess water. Use the dampened cloth to gently wipe and lift the stain.
Finish off by blotting the area with paper towels, and allow it to air dry.
No carpet stain causes more panic among homeowners than one caused by food or drink! Perhaps it is the vibrant colours of the stains that scare people, or simply the misconception that beverage/food stains on carpet are impossible to remove. Well, we are here to tell you otherwise!
Use the method below to remove different kinds of carpet stains left by an accidental beverage or food spill:
Pick off chunks or bits (if any) so that you are only left with a liquid stain.
Absorb as much of the stain as possible with paper towels (blot, don’t scrub).
If you don’t have a carpet cleaning product, mix 2 tablespoons of fabric detergent in 2-3 cups of water; adjust the strength of the stain remover according to the severity of the stain.
A white hand towel or absorbent cloth should be used to clean the carpet stain as it needs to be lifted as opposed to dissolved. Dampen the cloth with the solution and wipe the stain gently in circular motions; be sure not to use the same side of the cloth when the stain begins to transfer onto the cloth.
Soak up moisture from the carpet with paper towels.
Repeat steps 4 and 5 until the stain is removed.
If needed, allow the carpet to dry completely before repeating the steps.
How to Remove Oil/Grease Stains from Carpet
(Oils, grease, butter, body lotion, lipstick, salad dressing, etc)
A lot of homeowners believe carpets with grease or oil-based stains are a lost cause and therefore, do not even attempt to remove them. While old carpet stains caused by oil or grease may require professional cleaning techniques, if you act sooner than later, you just might be able to remove the stains yourself.
Take a look at our stain removal method for oil and grease carpet stains:
Dampen a clean, white cloth with a dry cleaning solvent such as glycol ethers or perchloroethylene, otherwise known as ‘perc’.
Blot the stain and observe how much of it is getting removed before using another side of the cloth (or a fresh one altogether).
Continue cleaning the carpet stain using more of the solvent if needed.
After 5 minutes of removing the stain, gently wipe over the area with a clean, damp cloth to rinse off the solvent.
After the carpet dries, check if any discolouration remains and repeat the stain removal process one more time.
Be sure to allow the carpet to dry before repeating the steps.
Bear in mind that removing different types of stains from your carpet requires patience and, oftentimes, the need to repeat steps or the entire method depending on how old the stains are, and the severity of them. Nevertheless, these are tried and tested carpet stain removal methods so the next time you see ugly marks on your favourite carpet, use the cleaning guides above to get rid of them!
It’s hard to believe that something so grimy can be cleaned up pretty quickly and easily. Then again, professional cleaners know all the secrets to cleaning smarter, not harder! Today, the experts at CleaningBest are here to share a tried and tested method to clean your oven fast and efficiently! Simply follow the steps below to transform a greasy and grimy oven into a spotless one.
Step One: Take Out Removable Components
Apart from the trays and racks, if your oven has other removable parts such as a thermometer and pizza stone, take them out as well. To begin the cleaning process, start by removing loose debris from each of these components (a brush or cloth is advised for this).
If you have a large tub or basin to soak the trays and racks, it is definitely advisable to do this in warm, soapy water so that the grease and grime are easier to scrub off. If not, simply clean them off with dish soap and a scrubber before rinsing the components and leaving them aside to dry. For the thermometer, use a damp cloth to gently wipe off grease and grime.
Step Two: Clean Out the Oven
The inside of your oven is likely to have burnt-on grime and charred food bits scattered around the interiors; so, before you scrub it down, clean out the loose debris first. Use a cleaning brush to clean off as much of the dried grime from the ceiling and sides of the interior, and finish off by cleaning out the loose debris from the bottom. It’s important to get out as much of the dried grime during this step so that things don’t get too messy when it’s time to scrub the inside.
Step Three: Spray with Oven Cleaner
Spray the interior with your commercial oven cleaning product; depending on the level of grime, it is advisable to spray enough of the cleaner in order to soak burnt-on spills and grease. Along with the interior walls, ceiling, and bottom of the oven, spray the corners and around the seal and edges of the door; basically every inch of the inside, as well as nooks and crannies! Allow the oven cleaner to loosen grime inside your oven for 10 to 15 minutes (with the door closed) before moving on to the next step.
Step Four: Wipe Down Interior
Put on a pair of kitchen gloves, take a damp scrubber or microfibre cloth, and begin wiping down the inside of your oven including other areas that have been sprayed with the cleaner. Since most of the grime will have soaked and become loose, your cleaning tool is likely to get soiled pretty quickly. Therefore, we advise rinsing it repeatedly, or keeping fresh scrubbers/cloths at hand. For stubborn grime that is still stuck to the surface, simply spray over it, and use a little more elbow grease to scrub it away. Finish off by wiping your oven interiors with a clean, damp towel.
Step Five: Clean the Glass Door
With the door pulled down, apply a runny paste of water and baking soda to the surface; leave it to sit for 5 to 10 minutes. Pour white vinegar in a spray bottle and spritz the baking soda till it starts to foam. This alone with tackle grime, grease, and stains, leaving you with only the cleaning agents to wipe off using a clean, damp cloth.
Step Six: Clean Exterior Components
Most ovens have removable knobs which can be scrubbed and cleaned with dish soap under running water. Other models which have a touch sensor panel can be cleaned by spraying a soft cloth with glass cleaner, and gently wiping away grease and/or stains. In a similar way, you can clean the front of the glass door and sides of the oven which are typically the last things to do when deep cleaning your oven interiors and exteriors. After you’ve cleaned the outside of your oven, open the door and allow the interior to dry up completely before putting in all the removable components.
So, there you have it! Six, simple steps later, and your grimy oven will look new again, inside and outside!
It’s the busiest time of the year and very often, the most stressful! With so much cleaning to do in preparation for the holiday season, a lot can slip your mind and leave you feeling more overwhelmed than ever. Particularly in 2020 when everyone is preparing for the festive season a little differently due to COVID-19, it definitely helps to know what you need to do at home, and when you should be doing it.
So, if you’re wondering how to clean your home for the holidays in 2020, here are five key tips to keep in mind.
1. Make a Priority List
Note down your Christmas cleaning list and prioritise tasks according to their importance. For example, if you know you’d like to clean your ceilings and walls before you decorate, make that one of your top priorities so you can get it done earlier than later. In fact, most big or time-consuming cleaning tasks should be prioritised to ensure that they are not overlooked or pushed aside.
2. Start Early
While some people wait till the last minute to begin their Christmas cleaning, others are forced to because of busy work/personal schedules. With that said, there is always a way around this if you just plan and start early! Give yourself at least three weeks to clean and prepare your house properly before Christmas. This means sparing some time in your day (every day) to tackle cleaning tasks, big and small. Don’t worry if you can’t finish a single, big task in one day; you can always complete it the next day. The goal is to not stress yourself out more than you already are.
3. Declutter a Little Every Day
Every house falls prey to clutter at some point! Worst of all, the accumulation of clutter happens so gradually that you don’t realise it until the room is one big mess! As part of your Christmas cleaning (and otherwise), decluttering your home is a must. The good news, however, is that it’s not as hard as many people think. Most of the clutter in your house is actually just things left out of place while other forms of clutter may consist of rubbish that needs to be trashed and/or items which are no longer of use and therefore, can be donated. Tackle various forms of clutter every day and before you know it, you’ll have a clutter-free home for Christmas!
4. Deep Clean Your Refrigerator
A messy, disorganised fridge is not at all ideal around the holidays when more dishes are being cooked, and leftovers need to be stored. Of course, deep cleaning your refrigerator should be done every other month for sanitary reasons but if you haven’t done it in a while, now is not the time to neglect cleaning your fridge! It will also give you a chance to organise the contents so you won’t have to struggle for space every night after dinner.
5. Keep Your Bathrooms Clean
Cleaning the bathrooms is a must but maintaining it is what will save you a lot of time and effort while ensuring that your home is always ready for surprise visitors or guests. So, how do you keep your bathroom clean? Here are a few tips that will help you achieve that:
After you shower, wash the floor with plain water and make sure you squeegee the water properly so that the floor dries up faster. This will help prevent floor stains.
Wipe down the sink daily using a sponge/scrubber and all-purpose cleaner. This will take less than a minute of your time.
Pour some toilet cleaner around the interiors of the bowl and leave it overnight; scrub with a damp toilet brush the next morning and pull the flush. It’s the quickest and easiest way to keep your toilet bowl clean!
Use a mop to spot clean stains on your bathroom floor, and a scrub brush for spot cleaning other bathroom components.
Remember, Christmas cleaning doesn’t have to be this huge, overwhelming burden on your shoulders anymore. All you need to do is stay on top of things with the tips above and you and your home will be well prepared for the holidays in 2020!